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Following The Fad, Live "Grease" Hits The Silver Screen

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 6:45am

A new, live TV performance of the hit musical "Grease" airs this weekend. Rachel Martin talks about it with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

South Korea's Newest TV Stars Are North Korean Defectors

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:12am

North Korean defectors star on talk shows, dating shows and compete in campy challenges. They're giving South Koreans an unprecedented glimpse of the North's experience. But it's not the full picture.

Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:11am

Journalist Claudia Kalb uses biographical material and modern-day mental health to get inside the heads of history's great personalities. Her new book is called Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder.

A Sampler Of Web Comics To Keep You Clicking

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:07am

Web comics have matured a lot in recent years. They're more confident and more willing to experiment with the medium. We've got a sampler of the most absorbing for your weekend reading pleasure.

Not My Job: We Ask 'Madoff' Star Richard Dreyfuss About Fonzie Schemes

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 11:05am

Since Dreyfuss will be portraying the financier behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, we'll see how much he knows about Arthur Fonzarelli on Happy Days.

Alexander Chee's Voice Shines Through In 'Queen Of The Night'

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:29am

The long-awaited novel follows a famous opera singer on her journey of constant reinvention. Despite the 19th century France setting, Chee admits there are autobiographical elements.

Diane Rehm Finds New Life In The Profound Challenge Of Being Alone

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:08am

For decades, she's hosted her own talk show — but one of her toughest struggles came with the pain of her husband's death. She tells NPR's Scott Simon how it inspired her fight for assisted suicide.

'Downton Abbey' Composer Explains Theme Choices

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:08am

For six seasons, the elegant, orchestral tone of the beloved TV series has been set by Scottish composer John Lunn, who has won two Primetime Emmys for the show's music.

In 'City Of Blades,' The Gods Are Dead. So What Happens Next?

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:00am

Robert Jackson Bennett makes a bold move in this second volume of his Divine Cities series — he abandons (mostly) the fan favorites from volume 1, and picks up years later in a different city.

In 'Hail, Caesar!' Josh Brolin Explores The Debauchery Of Old Hollywood

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Josh Brolin about his role as a conflicted studio fixer in the new Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! Brolin jokes about how the old Hollywood compares to the new.

We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:24pm

Project Nourished uses a variety of tricks to fool the mind into thinking it's eating. The goal: to let us consume our favorite tastes without unwanted extras — like food allergens or just calories.

Young African-American Muslims Share A Hidden Love In 'Naz & Maalik'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

Jay Dockendorf's new film presents a day in the life of two gay African-American teens, who also happen to be devout Muslims. Critic David Edelstein calls Naz & Maalik "excitingly fresh."

Carol Burnett: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

The Emmy Award-winning host of The Carol Burnett Show receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday. In 2003, Burnett spoke to Fresh Air about life and comedy.

Revisiting The Craft And Vision 'Graduate' Director Mike Nichols

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:57am

The late director is the subject of a new PBS American Masters documentary. Another documentary about Nichols will be shown on HBO next month. Nichols spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001.

How Can We Prepare For A Graceful Death?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.

Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

As an emergency medical technician, Matthew O'Reilly was used to telling a white lie when patients asked if they were dying. O'Reilly describes what happened when he decided to tell the truth.

Is There A Better Way To Be Buried?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Jae Rhim Lee says it's possible by using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms.

Do We Need A New Narrative For Death?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

Amanda Bennett explains why having hope while watching a loved one die shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death — to match the ones we have in life.

What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:01am

Artist Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard with the prompt: "Before I die I want to ____." Her neighbors' answers described the aspirations of their community.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Conversation With Fred Armisen And 'Welcome To Night Vale'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 6:00am

The gang's been snowed in, but there's still a new episode of the show, thanks to Linda Holmes' onstage discussions — one with Armisen and one with Night Vale creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

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